>> My confusion was where the Active Membership Application came into play and what doors of opportunity did it open as far as CoS activities were concerened. <<
I simply add that those doors of opportunity go far beyond mere online interaction.
Like an iceburg, the vast majority of CoS member's activities and collaborations remain beneath the surface.
Do not be limited by what you see on the internet.
Human beings are as significant as a cigarette burn in the sun.